Lord Byron’s Poems

Form of She Walks in Beauty (1813)
1. The poem is divided into three stanzas of six lines each, with an ABABAB rhyme scheme.
2. Employs a metrical inversion in line 4, stanza 1. Starts with the word “Meet” which is a stressed word instead of beginning with an unstressed word like “of.”
3. Does so probably to communicate a sense of effortless rhythm and unpredictability about the subject of the poem.

Form of Darkness (1816)
1. The poem is not a stanza type poem but one continuous piece of writing.
2. It has a swift movement of Time due to the use of blank verse and enjambment (meaning runs over from on poetic line to the next).
3. Also uses biblical imagery to show a real sense of dread.
e.g.: And gnash’d their teeth and howl’d: the wild birds shriek’d (like in Mathew 24).

Form of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (Canto the Third) (1812)
1. Here is Byron becoming personal and yet the rhyme scheme is Spenserian (Meaning Each stanza contains nine lines in total: eight lines in iambic pentameter followed by a single ‘alexandrine’ line in iambic hexameter)
Rhyme Scheme: ABABBCBCC
2. You’ve got the romantic rebel writing in a very traditional form. Or there’s an irony here that the vision of rebellion is being spoken in traditional ways.
3. It’s a more self-aware process than all the other romantic poets. It’s a different level of self-awareness because Romanticism has become such a convention.
4. The poem seems to be feeding upon itself. Kind of decadent.
5. The lines in verse 45 seem to be a summary of the Romantic Vision.